EFCC Arraigns Youth Corps Member For Cybercrime

February 4, 2015 7:24 pm

The , , on Wednesday,
February 3, 2015 arraigned the trio of Solomon Uchendu, Ndubisi Agu and
Uchendo Chikwadu before Justice  D. V.Agishir of the Federal High Court
sitting in Enugu, Enugu State for offences bordering on obtaining by
false pretence and Advanced Fee Fraud.   The suspects, who were living at 4, Coal City University Close,
Independence Layout, Enugu, were arrested by operatives of the EFCC
following intelligence report over their alleged involvement in Internet
.

UCHENDU CHINONSO, UCHENDU-SOLOMON AND NDUBISI AGU 

One of the suspects, Solomon, who is currently undergoing the
mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in Akoko, Ondo State,
confessed that he had about seven different email accounts registered
with different names.
Solomon, who is facing a seven-count charge, further disclosed that most of his victims were from the U.S., Canada and Germany.
According to him, “One Patricia from Canada gave me $1200USD; Larisa
from Germany gave him $300USD; Ethel from the U.S. also gave me $300USD.
All of them know me as Lincoln, but they don’t know that I live in
.”
One of the charges read:  “That you Solomon Uchendu on or about
3rd day of May 2014 in Enugu, Enugu State within the jurisdiction of the
Federal High Court of Nigeria was found in possession of a document
containing a false pretence titled “Hello. I am Mark; sorry for
stumbling into your profile” and thereby committed an offence, contrary
to section 6 and section 8 sub-section( b ) of the Advance Fee Fraud and
Other Related Offence Act 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of
the same Act.”
The second suspect, Agu, who hails from Umuelem in Ihitte Uboma LGA
of Imo State, also told the court that he had numerous email accounts.
Agu, a final year student of the Enugu State University of Science
and Technology, Enugu further told the court that he realized $13000USD
between 2013 and February, 2014 from some of his victims across the
world.
The third suspect, 22-year-old Chikwadu, a native of Imezi LGA Enugu
State, confessed that he had three fake drivers’ licences, which were
procured in the names of John Omoaroijake, Gary Harry and Chikwadu
Uchendu at a cyber cafe on Airport Road and at the licensing office at
Jakpa Road in Warri, Delta State.
Chikwadu, who is currently seeking admission into the Delta State
University, said he met one 32 year-old nurse, Grace Talves of
Blackpool, United Kingdom on a dating site named “Tagged”..
The suspect, who claimed to be Harry Phillp, 42, thereafter, began to
send love scam mails and pictures to Talves, a British divorcee and
mother of one, who is currently in Nigeria for an engineering job.
He stated that he duped her £500, an Ipad and a Mac Air laptop.
One of the charges read: “That you Uchendu Chinonso on or about
3rd day of May 2014 in Enugu, Enugu State within the jurisdiction of the
Federal High Court of Nigeria was found in possession of a document
containing a picture in which you presented yourself as a white man by
name Gary Harry Philip a pretence you knew to be false  and thereby
committed an offence contrary to section 6 and section 8 (b) of the
Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable
under section 1 (3) of the same Act.”
The prosecuting counsel, Barrister Innocent, applied orally for a
trial date and pleaded that the suspects be remanded in prison custody.
But the defence counsel, Barrister Aneke, prayed the court to grant
the suspects bail, which the prosecuting counsel kicked against.
Justice Agishir adjourned the case to February 10, 2015, while ordering that the suspects be remanded in prison custody.

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